Responsible Sourcing, a great initiative from VF Corporation
VF Corporation is running a new program called “Responsible Sourcing” which is an initiative that ensures that their contractor suppliers are operating with the same high standards that they set for their own factory plants. The objectives of the program are to:
• Maintain safe and healthy environments for all workers.
• Manufacture products and source raw materials responsibly and ethically.
• Reduce the environment impact of our business.
• Improve the standard of living for all workers who make our products.
Founded in 1899 as the Reading Glove and Mitten Manufacturing Company, VF has been manufacturing textiles for more than 115 years. Today, VF owns and operates 30 manufacturing facilities and sources from more than 2,000 contractor factories around the world. By enhancing supply chain collaboration, they will drive improved practices benefiting workers, factory performance, the environment, the communities where they operate, and the consumers who buy their products. There are four key elements to VF’s Responsible Sourcing program:
1. Putting worker’s well-being first: Ensuring worker’s lives are protected through critical life safety and compliance support.
2. Raw material traceability and stewardship: Building material-flow transparency to ensure ethical raw material sourcing practices.
3. Environmental and social sustainability: Positively impacting people and the planet with a measurement-based approach to guide decisions.
4. Sustainable living environments: Providing access to health, nutrition and clean water services to enrich worker’s lives.
VF’s history as a leader in manufacturing and sourcing is storied. The Responsible Sourcing program begins another chapter that leads them, together with their sourcing partners, into a more sustainable future.
Grupo Denim is manufacturing company located in Mexico and also a VF sourcing partner since decades which is already working on fulfilling all the objectives of this program. “I think this program is a great new motor on the manufacturing business, Peter Higgins, Director of Sustainable Operations has already been in our plant and we are really looking forward to operate and improve any standard already in place”, said Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.